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President Trump trades barbs with allies on eve of G-7 Summit

  • 12:16 am Friday, June 8th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day before a major summit with fellow Western leaders, President Donald Trump repeatedly lobbed verbal darts at the heads of Canada and France on Thursday, as a growing dispute over tariffs levied this past week by the U.S. President threatened to overshadow the 44th G-7 Summit meeting in Quebec, turning it more into a battle between the President and the other Western leaders.

“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant,” President Trump wrote on Twitter, accusing Canada of being two-faced on trade – “he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — [More]

President Trump: I’m ready for summit with Kim Jong Un

  • 3:19 pm Thursday, June 7th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Less than a week before he meets with the leader of North Korea, President Donald Trump said he remains committed to an agreemnent with Kim Jong Un that brings about an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, as Mr. Trump said the Singapore summit “would not just be a photo op.”

“I think I’m very well prepared,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, as he huddled with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“They have to de-nuke,” the President said of the Pyongyang regime, and their nuclear weapons program. “If they don’t denuclearize, that will not be acceptable.”

“I think [More]

Speaker Ryan says he sees “no evidence” of Trump-Russia collusion

  • 12:32 pm Thursday, June 7th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after dismissing President Donald Trump’s charge that the FBI had spied on his campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Thursday that he had seen no evidence that members of the Trump Campaign joined in Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

“Let’s just make that really clear,” the Speaker said at his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol. “There’s no evidence of collusion. This is about Russia and what they did, and making sure they don’t do it again.”

Earlier in the day, President Trump had again gone on Twitter to express his frustration and displeasure with the [More]

Ryan backs Gowdy, breaks with Trump on FBI conduct in Russia probe

  • 1:42 pm Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With President Donald Trump continuing to charge that the FBI intentionally spied on his campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said he agreed with another top Republican who said key lawmakers had seen no evidence of misconduct by the FBI when it came to the Trump Campaign and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

“I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate,” the Speaker said of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who said last week that a late May briefing provided to a small group of lawmakers showed no evidence that the FBI did anything wrong.

“I [More]

No upsets, but some warning signs in Tuesday primaries for Congress

  • 9:33 am Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Voters in eight states did not defeat any sitting members of the House or Senate in Congressional primaries for the 2018 mid-term elections on Tuesday, but they did deliver some strong messages to a few lawmakers in voting that went from coast to coast, with Election Day now less than five months away.

It was the most active primary day this year, with balloting in Alabama, New Jersey, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, California and South Dakota, as both parties jockey for advantage in the fight for control of the U.S. House and Senate.

Here’s some of the highlights:

1. Trouble for Sen. [More]

Political history repeats as lawmakers press to see immigrant children

  • 10:36 pm Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The story line is familiar. The number of families and unaccompanied children making it across the border and into the United States is rising. There were questions about how the President’s administration was responding, and how the children and families were being treated, where they were being housed, and how they were being released.

Angered by the chain of events, lawmakers went unannounced to a federal facility housing some of those illegal immigrants and asked to go inside.

The feds said no.

“I was barred entry,” the Senator said. “Trying to get inside to get answers,” he tweeted from Texas.

“Any member of Congress [More]

Primaries for Congress go coast-to-coast today

  • 8:31 am Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 by Staff Writer

This is the biggest day of Congressional mid-term primaries of the 2018 election year, as eight states – highlighted by California’s 53 U.S. House districts – hold primaries for the 2018 mid-term elections, the key politcal battleground for the control of Congress under President Donald Trump.

“If you want to be safe, you must go out and get the Democrats the hell out of office,” the President said at a campaign rally last week, as he continues to press members of his own party to get out and vote in 2018, knowing that the loss of control of one – or [More]

Trump calls off visit of Philadelphia Eagles over anthem dispute

  • 7:32 pm Monday, June 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Escalating his fight with players in the National Football League over whether they should stand for the National Anthem, President Donald Trump late Monday called off a planned visit to the White House on Tuesday by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, vowing instead to hold a “different type of ceremony” where he will “loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”

“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” Mr. Trump said in [More]

Trump says he can pardon himself – but doesn’t need to

  • 3:55 pm Monday, June 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The White House on Monday was peppered with questions about President Donald Trump’s assertion that he has the power to pardon himself over any possible criminal wrongdoing related to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, with the President charging that the probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller was “UNCONSTITUTIONAL,” as Democrats replied that Mr. Trump was doing his best to undermine the investigation of any ties between the President’s campaign and Moscow.

“Thankfully, the President hasn’t done anything wrong wouldn’t have any need for a pardon,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who repeatedly said that [More]

Supreme Court rules for Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case

  • 10:51 am Monday, June 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer

In a victory for advocates of religious freedom, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, issuing a 7-2 decision that said state authorities were biased against the baker’s religious beliefs, but left open the larger issue of whether businesses could refuse to serve same-sex couples on First Amendment grounds.

“The government, consistent with the Constitution’s guarantee of free exercise, cannot impose regulations that are hostile to the religious beliefs of affected citizens and cannot act in a manner that passes judgment upon or presupposes [More]

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